Update 11:15 p.m.: Now a tropical storm, Felix is packing maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour -- a far cry from the 160-m.p.h. winds it came ashore with. However, though many coastal warnings and watches have been discontinued and Felix should soon weaken further to a tropical depression, the danger of flooding is still great.
We'll post information on damage to cruise ports such as Honduras' Roatan as soon as it is received. Stay tuned.
Hurricane Felix has made landfall in northeastern Nicaragua as a Category Five storm with maximum sustained winds near 160 miles per hour. The storm is expected to continue westward across Nicaragua and Honduras later today; some weakening is expected as it moves inland.
At this point, we're carefully monitoring any impact Felix may have on the Honduran island and cruise port of Roatan, to the north of mainland Honduras. The lesser known port of San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua -- a call on Panama Canal winter itineraries for lines like Azamara, Silversea, Holland America and Windstar -- is out of the storm's direct path at this point as it is on the opposite (southwest) coastline.
What's next? The current projected path from the National Hurricane Center has Felix remaining over land rather than returning to open water -- good news for Belize, which was preparing for a direct landfall. However, a hurricane watch remains in effect for that country's entire coastline. Heavy rain and storm surges will likely produce flash floods and mudslides regardless of where this dangerous system ends up.
According to Bloomberg, this is the first Atlantic season in which two storms have made landfall as Category Five hurricanes -- the highest rating on the Saffir-Simpson scale.